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Responses to Amanda’s and Elizabeth’s Posts

It is true that groupthink pressures the quieter group members to conform to a decision. Though groupthink seems to solve the problem of conflict among various members, problems are likely to result in future as it was the case for Challenger. Groupthink results to reduced creativity and individual responsibility is discouraged. I agree that by using devil’s advocacy, groupthink is reduced. The individual performing this role should critique any proposed decision. It is true that due to cognitive dissonance, group members end up changing their mind to reach a false consensus especially following pressures of rationalization. Amanda has given a good example of the same in today’s politics.Responses to Posts

Elizabeth’s post seems to have covered all the necessary things worth of noting about groupthink. It is true that the main cause of pressure among group members is the need to deliver results. In addition to the proposal presented by Elizabeth in which a large group is subdivided into smaller groups, clearly established rules should be followed when arriving at decisions. Cognitive dissonance on the other hand, involves conflicting beliefs, attitudes or behaviors as Elizabeth mentions. Moreover, she has given a perfect example of peer pressure among high school teens and politics as an area in which cognitive dissonance is experienced.   resented by Elizabeth in which a large group is subdivided into smaller groups, clearly established rules should be followed when arriving at decisions. Cognitive dissonance on the other hand, involves conflicting beliefs, attitudes or behaviors as Elizabeth mentions. Moreover, she has given a perfect example of peer pressure among high school teens and politics as an area in which cognitive dissonance is experienced.   resented by Elizabeth in which a large group is subdivided into smaller groups, clearly established rules should be followed when arriving at decisions. Cognitive dissonance on the other hand, involves conflicting beliefs, attitudes or behaviors as Elizabeth mentions. Moreover, she has given a perfect example of peer pressure among high school teens and politics as an area in which cognitive dissonance is experienced.